Parade Ring Safety

The RCA, NTF and ROA have collaborated to produce a Code of Good Practice (see link below) to promote safety in equine areas.This is supported by a Be Horse Aware campaign.

In order to ensure our members enjoy their pre-parade ring, parade ring and winner’s enclosure experience safely and to minimise risk, we have produced specific guidance for owners, which follows.

  1. Please abide by the RCA’s request that owners do not enter the parade ring other than to view a horse with which they are connected. If an owner needs to enter the parade ring because they have an active raceday role, or for business reasons, then they will need to contact the racecourse in advance to gain permission.
  2. Assist racecourse management by following the British Horseracing Authority General Instruction that children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the parade ring.
  3. Do not block up disabled access areas and do be aware of the special issues faced by wheelchair users within the parade ring.
  4. Risk assessments show that large numbers of connections of syndicated horses pose particular risks in the parade ring. Spread the load by offering syndicate members the chance to see their horse in the pre-parade ring, or after racing (hopefully in the winner’s enclosure) instead. Where syndicates have a horse in a race with a large number of runners, the racecourse may limit the number of members that can enter the Parade Ring to ensure that the Parade Ring capacity (as determined in the Risk Assessments), is not exceeded.
  5. Some new syndicate members are inexperienced around horses. Syndicates are required to delegate a syndicate leader who is experienced around racehorses or who has undertaken the Horse Aware training, to chaperone the party and point out the need to be aware on horse walkways, crossing points, etc, and to ensure they adhere to the Code of Good Practice within the Parade Ring*
  6. If you are a new owner and not experienced around racehorses, you should be accompanied into the parade ring* by the trainer or trainer’s representative.
  7. The RCA has identified the major parade ring risks as coming from loose and unruly horses. This is more likely in 2-year-old races on the Flat and National Hunt bumpers, so be particularly careful if your horse is in one of these races.
  8. Everybody wants to enjoy their parade ring experience to the full, but remember your thoroughbred racehorse is both valuable and highly-strung, so avoid loud, flamboyant behaviour and intrusive photography. When the moment comes for mounting up, stand well clear and leave it to the professionals.
  9. Only trainers (or their representatives), officials, jockeys and stable staff may approach horses in the Parade Ring.
  10. If a member of your party is disabled, please let the racecourse know in advance so they can make suitable and safe parade ring arrangements.
  11. All instructions provided by the Parade Ring Safety Officer, or other racecourse personnel should be followed without question or delay.

* Parade Ring - refers also to Pre-Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure.

There is also an industry-wide code of good practice, which can be downloaded in the following document:

  Industry Code of Good Practice in the parade ring